Look Out Android Fuchsia Is Coming

Everyone loves having the latest and greatest piece of tech, whether it be a new smart car, smartphone, or a smart home automation device. If you have picked up on the trend thus far, then allow me to clarify that we all want smarter devices that make our lives easier. These devices may be smart in a sense that they allow us the ability to connect to the internet however really isn't integrated since they all work a different operating system. The biggest issue is that different smart device may not work with one another right out of the box and if you have ever had to troubleshoot two smart devices to work with one another then you are well aware of the resulting migraine that follows without ever achieving the desired results. A majority of smartphones out there in the wild are based on one of two primary operating systems with Android devices maintaining market dominance. Even though Android leads the market as the go-to operating system for smartphones, it often lags behind Apple and iOS in terms of updates, which are crucial from a performance and a security aspect. Users can often opt out of updates pushed by Apple but are eager to adopt the newest iteration of their operating system due to the security patches and features it brings. In comparison, only 10% of Android users update their devices in a timely manner as compared to iPhone users. The operating system is what makes an iPhone what it is and one of the reasons behind the premium cost of the device. The major flaw, which prevents Android from offering updates when compared to Apple, is the fact that Google is unable to push updates. The fact is that manufacturers of various devices, which operate using the Android OS are responsible for putting together the updates with the right drivers to retain functionality while upgrading the operating system. Due to Android users solely depending on the manufacturer of their devices, instead of Google to push security patches, vulnerabilities exist. Necessary updates are often delayed because the manufacturing engineering team to put together an update. Google, unfortunately, can do very little in this regards and the fact is Android is based on Linux, which is the main cause for the limitation.

Introducing Fuchsia

The color Fuchsia appears a vivid purple color, its closest equivalent in the real-world would be the purplish pink neon signs. Fuchsia also happens to be the color that Google has opted to select for the logo of its newest operating systems, which also has the same name. Fuchsia appeared overnight on GitHub back in August 2016, which revealed that Google was developing an operating system to be used across multiple devices, which wasn’t based on Linux. Inspection of the code left by Google caused speculation that the operating system could be used across multiple device platforms with interconnectivity. Some have hinted at the possibility that the Google OS may actually be a replacement for Android in the near future however; there has been no official announcement as of now. There is no word as to when we will see devices that might take advantage of this new operating system. No official release date has been announced by Google as to when and what the new OS would be applied towards as of yet. This news may be discouraging to some yet the fact of the matter is that Android was in development for nearly five years by Google prior to its release. As the saying goes good things comes to those that wait and if in fact, Fuchsia does make its way to smartphones then the vulnerability and downfalls of Android, when compared to Apple, would be mitigated. The Fuchsia OS might be intended to be used on IoT devices or even as a Hub or it may be used across a whole platform of smart devices, which would render many of the devices that we use today obsolete.

Let’s Imagine The Possibilities

Let’s use an example to understand the features of Fuchsia. Imagine you have a slew of devices that have Fuchsia as their operating system including your smartphone.  Let's say that your smartphone is your go-to device when it comes to listening to music. The moment you walk away from the office on your way to the gym you pre-workout music comes on as you drive away in your car. Then imagine that as soon as you leave your car the music transition over to a pair of headphones without you needing to turn them on and that as you get into your workout your smartwatch, which is also connected to your phone which is actively monitoring your heart rate automatically change up your playlist to focus on tracks that naturally increase your heart rate increasing your workout efficiency. As you make your way back to your car, the music automatically transitions to your car. Let's say that on your way back home your eye start to slowly close because you are tired and your smartwatch notices your heartbeat drop thus changing the music to something louder to wake you up and prevent you from falling asleep behind the wheel preventing a possible accident. Once you arrive at your home, the garage door opens because it knows that you have arrived and the lights turn on by themselves with music transiting to your surround sound system. Perhaps you open up your laptop and the music changes to play something that helps you focus and before heading off to bed you decide to take a shower and as soon as you turn on your hot water, the music kicks in requiring little to no effort from your side. The possibilities are endless in term of automation and truly transforming your smart devices with AI integration.

What Is To Become Of Fuchsia?

At this moment, Google has over a 100 engineers working on their new OS, which at this moment can function on its own on as a Google Pixel Book. The rumor has been circulating that the project is nothing more than an attempt to keep their scenario engineers occupied and preventing them from moving on to competitive employers. Which may or may not be true until the operating system is officially released which may be sooner rather than later. Many have predicted that this may happen anytime within the next three to five years or perhaps sooner. A developer has voiced the fact that the project is real and not a disguised attempt to retain employees. One thing is clear if the new Google OS makes its way to the smartphone and that is the fact that Google will be able to push updates as soon as they are available. The end result is increased security in addition to the longevity of the device pitting the new operating system directly against Apple’s iOS.